15 Reasons Why You Know You’re a Fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers
15 Reasons Why You Know You're a Los Angeles Dodgers Sports Fan
The Los Angeles Dodgers have recently recaptured the attentions of the minds of many fair-weather fans, but this list does not apply to those who only follow the Boys in Blue in the good times. I have put together 15 reasons why you know that you are a diehard, through and through, blue-bleeding fan of the Dodgers.
The casual fan will tell you they know all about the Dodgers, which basically means they know Clayton Kershaw is a really good pitcher, Hanley Ramirez hits the ball really far and Yasiel Puig is crazy, but fun to watch. Unfortunately, that about sums up the entirety of this kind of “fan’s” knowledge of the team.
A true fan is not necessarily the fan with the longest tenure or the most extensive historical memory. It is not a requirement to have been a fan since 1943 to be considered one of the truly faithful and diehard fans. If you have been a fan that long and remember when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn, fantastic! But remember that if you do not keep up with the current team, you may lose your status among the real fans.
If you just started following the team back in 2009, great! But make sure that you read up on some of the history of the organization so that you can engage with other fans on these topics as well. The more you know and the more you participate, the less your fellow fans will single you out as a bandwagoner.
Whether you are an aged veteran to the Dodgers fan base or a rookie fan, this list is for you as long as you are a true fan of the club. Click on the “Next” button above to get the list started and see the 15 reasons you can know for sure you are a Dodgers fans.
1. You Shed a Tear of Joy When Frank McCourt Sold the Team
As sad as former owner Frank McCourt’s divorce was, Dodger fans were so relieved when it was finally over. McCourt’s wife finally got her share of his riches and the owner was forced to sell the team. After years of holding the club back financially, the Guggenheim Group came in and revitalized the organization.
2. You’ve Seen Countless Celebrities at Dodger Stadium
The Dodgers have an extremely strong and faithful fan base of celebrities. Alyssa Milano and George Lopez are among two of the most consistently present Dodgers fans and it is not uncommon to spot others like Danny DeVito, Eric Stonestreet, Ken Jeong and Mario Lopez hanging out at Chavez Ravine.
3. You Know “Mannywood” was Exciting, For a While
When Manny Ramirez came to the Dodgers in 2008, the buzz was electric as the veteran hit .396 in his 53 games with the club that season. With 17 home runs over that span, the left field section of Dodger Stadium came to be known as “Mannywood.” After helping the Dodgers get to the 2008 NLCS and his 50-game suspension for taking a women’s fertility drug, his 2009 season was decent but the buzz of “Mannywood” would never be the same again.
4. You Gladly Overpay for a Dodger Dog
Is it the world’s best hot dog? Probably not. Is it really just a hot dog? Yep. But eating a Dodger Dog at the game with your dad or with your friends or with your sweetheart is likely one of your fondest memories at Dodger Stadium. Enjoy your overly-long, overly-priced, fantastic hot dog because it emphasizes the greatness of America’s pastime in Los Angeles.
5. You Forgot What It’s Like to Win a World Series
Let’s not try to sugarcoat this; the Dodgers have not won a World Series since 1988. All of the team’s recent success will mean nothing if a World Series win does not come along with it sometime in the near future. Hold onto your faith, Dodgers fans! Our time will come!
6. You Love Bringing Up the Back-to-Back-to-Back-to-Back Home Runs Game
On Sept. 18, 2006, the Dodgers did what only seven teams have ever done before, hit four consecutive home runs. Jeff Kent led off the streak by taking Jon Adkins of the San Diego Padres deep. Adkins let J.D. Drew go yard after Kent and then was yanked for one of the best closers of all time, Trevor Hoffman. Unfortunately for the Padres, Hoffman mirrored Adkins’ performance by allowing Russell Martin and Marlon Anderson clear the fence as well.
The best part of this was that the four runs came in the bottom of the ninth inning and tied the game. Despite going down a run in the 10th, Nomar Garciaparra’s two-run blast in the bottom of the 10th sent the Dodgers into celebration. This amazing game could arguably go down as one of the most exciting finishes in Dodgers history.
7. You Cherished Each of Eric Gagne’s 84 Consecutive Saves
Eric Gagne was simply a masterpiece over a short period with the Dodgers. His string of 84 converted saves in a row was majestic. Every Dodgers fan loved to know that when the 9th inning came around and the Boys in Blue had a small lead, it was “Game Over.”
8. You Don’t Mind That Dodger Stadium Isn’t Modern
A lot of visiting fans give Dodger Stadium a hard time because it has not been updated much over the years. A true Dodgers fan knows that the history and memories of this great place is just as important as having fast wifi, high-tech bathrooms or reasonable traffic flow to and from the stadium.
9. You Have Heard Countless Hours of Petros and Money Analyzing the Dodgers
The AM 570 FOX Sports LA radio show does a great job of bringing all the best news and analysis of the Los Angeles sports teams and Dodgers news is no exception. Petros and Money provide LA fans with a great show and keep fans in the know and up-to-date. They are a staple for Dodgers news both in between games and in the offseason. You can also follow them on Twitter at @AM570RADIO and @PetrosAndMoney.
10. You Don’t Take Vin Scully For Granted
Vin Scully is the man, the “Golden Voice”, the legend. Getting to hear his voice on the TV and radio is a privilege that Dodgers fans have been blessed with since 1958. From clever catch phrases to epic stories almost as old as the game itself, this 86-year-old wonder never disappoints. Even though his memory falters at times and he will occasionally call a player by the wrong name, Scully’s voice and anecdotes lull Dodgers fans into a state of baseball bliss.
11. Even if You Don’t Speak Spanish, You Know Jaime Jarrin
Jaime Jarrin is essentially the Spanish-speaking version of Vin Scully. The Latino community of Los Angeles has been graced with Jarrin’s service over the past 50+ years and fans have grown to love hearing him call “Se va, se va, se va” as a ball soars over the outfield wall.
12. You Still Get Goosebumps When You See the Kirk Gibson Home Run
Watching the gimpy Kirk Gibson trot around those bases with his iconic fist pump is a bone-chilling moment for Dodgers fans. There are mixed reactions to Gibson now that he is the manager of the divisional rivals, the Arizona Diamondbacks, but that can never take away from the great moment he provided so long ago.
13. You Would Have Thrown Baseballs on the Field Too
In 1995, the Dodgers played one of the most controversial games in baseball history. The game eventually ended in a forfeit after fans started hurling souvenir baseballs onto the field and the umpire called the game off. The fans got involved after several questionable calls led to Tommy Lasorda, Raul Mondesi and Eric Karros all being tossed out of the game. Even though the fans’ actions led to the Dodgers forfeiting the game – the first time in 41 years that had happened – you know you would have done it too if you had been there.
14. The Only Thing Thicker than the Smog is Your Dedication
If you have ever been to Los Angeles, you know how bad the air pollution is down there. The picture above is one of the rare clear days at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers fans do not even notice the smoggy air that can literally give you asthma. Their dedication is unbounded and no smog, wildfires, or even an earthquake could stop a Dodgers fan from going to a game.
15. You Love Boasting Rookie of the Year Five Consecutive Seasons
In the early 90s, the Dodgers went on a spree of awesome rookie talent. In five consecutive years, the team had a young stud win the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Starting out with Eric Karros in 1992, he was followed by Mike Piazza, Raul Mondesi, Hideo Nomo and Todd Hollandsworth. If that is not enough fire power in a debate, remind people that the Dodgers are the only team with five in a row in either league and are also the only team with four in a row (Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Howe, Fernando Valenzuela and Steve Sax from 1979-1982).